ISIS, Al Qaeda use Trump to rally Jihadis

ROBERT WINDREM, NBC news Updated: May 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm • Published: May 19, 2017 0
photo - An ISIS-manipulated of President Donald Trump. Flashpoint
An ISIS-manipulated of President Donald Trump. Flashpoint

As President Trump embarks on a nine-day trip to meet with U.S. allies in the Middle East, counterterrorism officials and experts say ISIS and al Qaeda are trying to use his rhetoric and military moves to turn Muslims against the U.S.

"There's a lot of jihadist propaganda that conveys the U.S. as increasingly incompetent and Islamophobic under Trump," said Alex Kassirer, senior analyst at Flashpoint Intelligence, which monitors jihadi web posts for NBC News.

A U.S. counterterrorism official confirmed that on the social media accounts most closely associated with the core of ISIS, there has been discussion of Trump's rhetoric. The official said the same narrative, particularly about Trump's so-called Muslim "ban," is found in ISIS recruiting forums.

While ISIS has the largest social media presence among Islamic terrorist groups, Kassirer said that al Qaeda and its affiliates have been active in their messaging about U.S. policies under Trump.

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